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U.S. interventionism in Middle East unconstructive, counterproductive
The persistent U.S. intervention policy toward the Middle East has caused colossal humanitarian disasters, massive refugees, destroyed homelands and unlawful toppling of legitimate governments in the region. It only proves to be unconstructive, unproductive and backfiring.
The decades of Washington's disastrous miscalculations have reduced and unraveled the Middle East into a place long plagued by conflicts, killings and under-development.
Moreover, the increasingly rampant terrorism and refugee crises, direct consequences of the U.S. meddling hands, have boomeranged against the overbearing Uncle Sam and its nail-biting European allies.
Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner and former senator, admitted Thursday that her greatest political "regret" lies in the "mistake" of "voting to give President Bush authority in Iraq," in an ironic contrast to her stand in the 2008 campaign when she defended her "Yes" vote for the Iraq war vehemently sought by the George W. Bush administration.
It is a convenient lip service for a U.S. politician to admit that things "did not turn out the way" she had thought it would be, but it is the Iraqis that were left behind to chew the bitter fruits of the U.S. interventionism — the flaring sectarian strife and rising Islamic State (IS), not to mention the lamentable civilians' casualties caused by the Washington-led intrusion.
From Afghanistan to Libya, and from Syria to Gaza, the horrors brought by the U.S. interference to the region, which was depicted in literature as a heavenly and promising land flown with milk and honey, are too numerous to be counted.
Sarcastically, it seems that the United States itself have not benefited from its interference in the Middle East, which, instead, has brought about wars, bloodshed, terrorism and refugees, to name just a few.
Reality has slapped in the face of Uncle Sam. Radical groups like the IS, whose fundamentalist bigotry and barbarity have dwarfed those of the al-Qaeda, have spilled out of the region and sneaked into Europe and North America to plot abrupt attacks on civilians.
The U.S. involvement in the overturn of the Libyan Gaddafi regime culminated in the extremists' raid of the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and the death of its ambassador to the country in 2012.
Is it possible that Hillary's admission could open a door for the bigwigs in Washington and the U.S. people to rethink the justification of their country's interventionism in the Middle East?
Maybe. After all, the possibility has loomed larger than ever, considering the U.S. public abhorrence of Washington's self-centered and selfish foreign policies, which may cost their own welfare and security.
The sooner the United States begins to stop imposing its own ideology and system on others, the better the world will be for the sake of lasting peace and stability.
[Source: Xinhua, Beijing, 24Apr16]
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